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    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Verizon Pearland Store, 10904 Memorial Hermann Dr., Suite 113, Pearland, TX 77584.

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  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 26

    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, TBD

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Player Show

    Meet Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus at the Verizon 290 Store, 13818 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040.

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  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Oct. 03, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, October 3

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 10705 Spring Green Blvd 900, Katy, TX 77494

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet a TBD Texans Ambassador at the Verizon Clear Lake Store, 19222 Gulf Freeway, Suite A,
    Friendswood, TX 77546.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Thu., Oct. 09, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Thursday, October 9

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 14129 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans kicker Randy Bullock and deep snapper Jon Weeks at the Verizon Sugar Land Store, 2109 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

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Texans on National Signing Day

Posted by drewdougherty on February 2, 2011 – 12:42 pm

Since it’s National Signing Day, we decided to go through the archives at Rivals.com and check out where some current members of the squad stacked up, star-wise, as recruits coming out of high school. 2002 is the earliest catalogued year, so we don’t have rankings on guys like Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Matt Turk, etc.

It’s obviously not an exhaustive, all-encompassing look, but here’s a mini-snapshot of some former Big Men on Campus who now suit up for the Texans. 

2002

   RT Eric Winston – 4 stars (as a TE) – Miami
   LB DeMeco Ryans- 3 stars – Alabama
   S  Darnell Bing – 4 stars – USC
   CB Jason Allen – 4 stars – Tennessee (also had this totally sweet headshot, below)

Cornerback Jason Allen, from his high school days.

 
2003

   DE Mario Williams – 4 stars – NC State
   LT Duane Brown – 3 stars (as a TE)  Virginia Tech
   SS Bernard Pollard – 3 stars – Purdue

2004

   RB Arian Foster – 3 stars – Tennessee

2005

   LB Brian Cushing – 4 stars – USC

2006

   RB Ben Tate – 4 stars -Auburn


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Top-10 Texans, team statistical leaders in 2010

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2011 – 2:58 pm

With the Texans’ 2010 season in the books, here’s a look at players who finished in the top-10 in the NFL in various statistical categories:

RB Arian Foster
1st with 1,616 rushing yards
1st with 2,220 yards from scrimmage
1st with 16 rushing touchdowns
1st with 18 scrimmage touchdowns
3rd with 327 rushing attempts
8th with 4.9 yards per carry
2nd with 634 yards after catch

WR Andre Johnson
1st with 93.5 receiving yards/game
T-6th with 86 receptions
6th with 1,216 receiving yards

QB Matt Schaub
4th with 4,770 passing yards
6th with 7.61 yards/attempt
8th with a 63.6 completion percentage
9th with a 92.0 passer rating

CB Jason Allen
T-5th with 6 interceptions

SS Bernard Pollard
T-9th with 4 forced fumbles

K Neil Rackers
5th with a 90.0 field goal percentage
5th with a long field goal of 57 yards
7th with 27 field goals made
7th with 124 points

Team leaders:

RB Derrick Ward led the Texans with 6.3 yards per carry
TE Joel Dreessen led the Texans with 14.4 yards per catch
Pollard led the Texans with 112 tackles
DE Mario Williams led the Texans with 8.5 sacks
CB Glover Quin led the Texans with 14 passes defensed
Allen, Quin and S Troy Nolan led the Texans with 3 interceptions
WR Jacoby Jones led the Texans with 21.5 yards per kickoff return
TE James Casey led the Texans with 17 special teams tackles


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Texans-Titans postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 19, 2010 – 8:39 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 31-17 loss to the Titans at LP Field in Nashville in Week 15:

• Paid attendance was 69,143.

• The loss drops Houston’s record to 5-9 on the season.

• With the loss, Houston’s record against Tennessee falls to 5-13.

• The Texans defense recorded 3.0 sacks in the game.  After last week’s five-sack game, it marks the first time this season that the defense registered three or more sacks in consecutive games.

• The Titans won the toss and elected to receive.

• CB Jason Allen intercepted his fifth pass of the season and his second as a Texan when he picked off Tennessee QB Kerry Collins in the third quarter.  Allen’s five interceptions this year are a career high, topping his three interceptions in 2007.

• DE Mark Anderson recorded his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Tennessee QB Kerry Collins for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter.

• TE Owen Daniels caught a pass in his 50th straight game when he hauled in a 23-yard reception in the third quarter.

• DE Tim Jamison made his first career start, taking the place of the injured Mario Williams in the starting lineup.  Jamison finished the game with one solo tackle.

• WR Andre Johnson made his 115th start, moving him past G Chester Pitts (114) for the most games started as a Texan.

• Johnson caught the 50th touchdown pass of his career on a 12-yard scoring throw in the third quarter.

• The touchdown catch was Johnson’s eighth of the season, which ties the second-highest single-season total in his career.  He caught nine touchdowns in 2009 and last had eight in 2008.

• Johnson extended is franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a catch to 79 straight games on a four-yard catch in the first quarter.  Johnson has caught at least one pass in 114 of his 115 career games.

• Johnson recovered his own fumble in the third quarter.  The recovery was the second of his career and his first since 2004.

• WR Jacoby Jones caught a career-high seven passes in the game, topping his previous high of six receptions earlier this year at Washington (9/19).

• DT Earl Mitchell made his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Kerry Collins for an eight-yard loss in the first quarter.

• The game captain for the Texans was C Chris Myers. He joined LB Kevin Bentley, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith at midfield for the coin toss.

• SS Bernard Pollard led the team with six tackles, including four solos.

• K Neil Rackers connected on a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.  The field goal gave him 101 points on the season, marking his fifth career 100-point season and his first since 2008.  He finished the game with five points, giving him 103 on the year.

• Rackers’ 37-yard field goal was his 50th consecutive made field goal of less 45 yards or less.

• QB Matt Schaub threw his 80th career touchdown pass when he hit WR Andre Johnson from 12 yards out in the third quarter.  He also extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to six.

• Schaub attempted more than 50 passes for the second consecutive game, throwing the ball 54 times today after attempting a franchise-record 62 passes last week vs. Baltimore (12/13).  His 54 pass attempts were tied for the second-most in a game in Texans history.

• Schaub’s second touchdown pass of the game, a four-yarder to WR Kevin Walter, was his 75th as a Texan.

• Schaub threw for 325 yards in the game, giving him his 20th career 300-yard game and his sixth this season.

• Schaub has surpassed 300 yards in each of the last three games.

• RB Steve Slaton’s 50-yard kickoff return in the first quarter was the longest of the season for the Texans.  The previous long was 35 yards by WR Jacoby Jones at Indianapolis (11/1).

• DE Antonio Smith sacked Tennessee QB Kerry Collins for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter, giving Smith 4.0 sacks on the season.

• G Wade Smith recovered a fumble by QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.  It was his first career fumble recovery.

• WR Kevin Walter caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.  It was his fifth score of the season and his 20th as a member of the Texans.  He has 21 touchdowns overall in his career.


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Leach, Walter, Pollard jerseys now on sale

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 19, 2010 – 3:03 pm

The jerseys of Texans fullback Vonta Leach, wide receiver Kevin Walter and safety Bernard Pollard are now on sale in the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium. Each player’s jersey is available in Deep Steel Blue in a variety of sizes.

Leach had been lightheartedly lobbying to get his jersey in the store for weeks, so to say that he was excited to hear the news on Friday would be an understatement.

“That’s real good,” he said, smiling ear-to-ear. “I’ve never had my jersey sold before. I’ve been here for five years; that just tells me I came a long way. That’s real good. I hope people can go out and buy a V. Leach jersey, number 44.”

The “Send Leach to the Beach” campaign just got a boost.


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Wednesday locker room

Posted by drewdougherty on November 17, 2010 – 5:14 pm

Head coach Gary Kubiak spoke after practice, and the Texans locker room was open as well. Here are a few observations/notes from Wednesday.

  • Strong safety Bernard Pollard thinks the Texans defense has to hold opposing teams under 14 points per game from now on. He said he’s sick of the results.
  • Defensive end Antonio Smith said he wondered “what next” when hearing that Schaub was out of Wednesday’s practice with an injury.
  • Smith also said that a win is the surest and quickest way to solve any problems and get over the sting of the last-second defeat at Jacksonville.
  • Running back Arian Foster isn’t getting complacent, he said, because he always is excited to be on the team. A year ago at this time he was a practice squadder, so the undrafted ball-carrier reflects on the good and tries to channel that onto the field.
  • Foster also joked that each week this season, he’s been asked about the opposing team’s defense, and how this upcoming game is ‘The big one.” Foster was clear in saying that he wasn’t taking anything away from the Jets defense.
  • We spoke at length with defensive end Mark Anderson. He said he continues to absorb more of the Texans defensive system and likes that he’s able to rush the passer. Anderson has a pair of sacks since joining the team.
  • Running back Derrick Ward told reporters that he voiced his displeasure with how the scout team offense was running things today. Ward said he thinks highly of Kubiak and wanted to amp up the level of concentration and execution.
  • Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky got the bulk of the snaps today in lieu of Matt Schaub, and when asked about when he thinks Schaub will return, Orlovsky had a fantastic reply. (“Soche”, by the way, is short for Sociology.)
  • Matt Leinart also got a little bit of action today as well, and said that he’s continuing to learn more and more of the offense and that it’s always on the quarterback–regardless of whether he’s a starter or a backup–to be ready to execute the team’s plan.
  • Wide receiver Andre Johnson was asked a lot about his impending matchup with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Johnson had nothing but praise for Revis, and was asked whether or not the Jets defender is much of a trash talker. Johnson said that he’s not.

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On the schedule for Monday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 15, 2010 – 1:57 pm

The Texans had meetings earlier today to go over game tape of their Week 10 loss to the Jaguars. Players will be available to the media in the locker room in just a couple of minutes, beginning at 2 p.m.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak will address the media in his weekly press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT. You can watch it live online, only on HoustonTexans.com.

Kubiak will be on SportsRadio 610 AM from 5-6 p.m. for his weekly radio show; send in questions online for it right here. Texans safety Bernard Pollard will be on SR610 for his weekly radio show from 6-7 p.m., live from the House of Blues in downtown Houston.


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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 7:55 pm

Texans coach Gary Kubiak met with the media Monday for his regularly-scheduled day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT at Reliant Stadium.

Here are the highlights:

  • Kubiak had extensive comments about rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson. Check them out here
  • Kubiak said that quarterback Matt Schaub, who briefly went to the locker room in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury on Sunday, had X-rays but is “fine” aside from being sore. Schaub was in meetings this morning with the team.  “He just got hit in the lower gut and he was real sore,” Kubiak said. “They took him inside and gave him a shot so that he could come back and finish the game. But (he’s) just very, very sore. Everything checked out fine.”
  • Kubiak said that strong safety Troy Nolan, who had two interceptions in Week 4 at Oakland, is in line for more reps after playing about 15-20 snaps on Sunday. “He did some good things,” Kubiak said. “He will continue to see more time. He’s done some good things with the team, and he’ll continue to see more time.”
  • Defensive end Antonio Smith topped a short list of players who Kubiak said have performed consistently well for the Texans’ 32nd-ranked defense this season. “I think 94 (Smith) has played very well throughout the season,” Kubiak said. “Yesterday, he was exceptional. Bernard (Pollard) played his best game yesterday of the year for us. He played very, very good. I think Mario (Williams) has been consistent. I think Brian (Cushing) is getting better in what we’re asking him to do every week, and he was better this week. Shaun Cody has been a very consistent player for us throughout the season. So, that’s a few.”

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Media Monday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 3:01 pm

Texans players will be available to the media in the locker room at 2 p.m. today. We’ll be down there to get their thoughts on yesterday’s game and more.

Head coach Gary Kubiak will address the media at 3:30 p.m. during his weekly Monday press conference. Watch it live on HoustonTexans.com, then check back with us later this afternoon for notes from from the presser.

From 5-6 p.m., tune into SportsRadio 610 AM for Coach Kubiak’s weekly radio show. You can send in questions online for Kubiak right here.

Texans safety Bernard Pollard will be on SportsRadio 610 for his weekly radio show from 6-7 p.m., live from the House of Blues in downtown Houston.


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Texans-Chargers game notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 8, 2010 – 9:58 am

From the Texans’ media relations staff, game notes from Houston’s 29-23 Week 9 loss to the San Diego Chargers:

• Houston scored on its opening possession for the third time this season.  The Texans also scored on their opening drives in Week 1 vs. Indianapolis (9/12) and in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s four-second touchdown drive in the first quarter tied the franchise record for the shortest scoring drive.  Houston also had a four-second drive (one play, seven yards) vs. Jacksonville on 12/1/08.

• Houston has scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games dating back to Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).  That is tied for the second-longest streak in team history.

• The 24 combined points by both teams in the first quarter were the most in franchise history.  The previous high in the opening period was 21 total points, which happened five times, most recently in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s 20 first-half points were the most before halftime in a game this year.  The previous high was 14 in Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston’s 34 rushing attempts were the third-most this season.  The Texans fell to 21-3 under head coach Gary Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

• The Texans outrushed the Chargers, gaining 140 to San Diego’s 77.  It was the sixth time in eight games that the Texans outrushed their opponent.  Houston is 3-3 in those games.

• Houston gained 391 yards against San Diego, which was the most yards given up by the Chargers this season.  San Diego came into the game ranked first in the league in total defense, giving up an average of 260.0 yards per game.

• The fumble recovery in the second quarter was Houston’s third of the season and the first since Week 4 at Oakland (10/3).

• Houston won the time of possession, holding the ball for 33:49.  It was the third time this season that Houston held the ball longer than its opponent.  Houston fell to 2-1 this season when winning time of possession.

• Houston posted a positive turnover margin for the first time this season, taking the ball away twice and only giving it away once.  It marked just the fourth time under head coach Gary Kubiak that the Texans lost while gaining a positive turnover ratio.

• Today’s total paid attendance was 70,886, giving the Texans their 87th consecutive home sellout.  The Texans have sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history.

• The roof of Reliant Stadium was open for today’s game.  It marked the second time this season that the roof has been open.  The Texans are 12-6 with the roof open under head coach Gary Kubiak, are 1-1 this season and 20-18 all-time with the roof open.

• The Chargers won the toss and elected to receive the ball.

• The crowd of 70,886 was the eighth-largest home crowd in Texans history.

• Head coach Gary Kubiak unsuccessfully challenged a play in the first quarter in which San Diego WR Patrick Crayton caught a pass, fumbled and recovered his own fumble.  Kubiak challenged that the pass was incomplete.  The failed challenge drops his record this season to 1-2 and his career record to 9-22.

• LB Kevin Bentley made his first start of the season at SLB.  It was the 30th start of his career.

• TE James Casey caught four passes for 48 yards, both of which were career highs. His previous highs were two catches, which he had done three times, and 33 yards vs. Tennessee on 11/23/09.

• Casey hauled in a 33-yard pass in the second quarter.  It was the longest reception of his career, topping a 32-yard gain last season vs. Tennessee (11/23/09).  The reception was Casey’s first of the season.

• TE Joel Dreessen led the team with five catches for 66 yards.  Both figures were the second-highest of his career.  He had six catches for 81 yards last season vs. New England (1/3/10).

• RB Arian Foster carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the game.  He reached the 100-yard plateau for the game on his first carry of the second half.  It marked his fifth 100-yard game and the sixth of his career.

• Foster reached the 1,000-yard mark for his career on an eight-yard touchdown run on Houston’s first offensive play.  He entered the game with 992 career rushing yards.

• Foster’s eight-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his eighth of the year on the ground and his ninth overall.

• Foster scored from two yards out in the second quarter, giving him two touchdowns in the game.  It was his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season and the fifth of his career.

• Foster tied RB Steve Slaton (2008) for the second-most rushing touchdowns in a season in team history with nine.  The franchise record is 13 by Domanick Williams in 2004.

• Foster has scored a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, which matches the longest such streak of his career and ties him for the second-longest streak in franchise history.

• Foster topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season with a 15-yard run in the first quarter.  He entered the game with 980 scrimmage yards on the year.

• Foster rushed for 99 yards in the first half, which was the most in his career in the opening 30 minutes.  His previous first-half high was 66 yards in Week 3 vs. Dallas (9/26).

• CB Kareem Jackson picked off his second pass of the season when he intercepted San Diego QB Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.

• Jackson tied a season high with six tackles.  He also had six stops in three other games, most recently in Week 8 at Indianapolis (11/1).

• WR Andre Johnson extended his personal streak of consecutive games with a catch to 73 with a 12-yard catch in the second quarter.  Johnson has caught at least one pass in 108 of his 109 career games.

• The game captain was FB Vonta Leach.  He joined season-long captains WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE Mario Williams at midfield for the coin toss.

• DT Amobi Okoye recorded his first career punt return when he picked up a deflected tipped punt in the first quarter and returned it five yards.

• SS Bernard Pollard forced a fumble in the second quarter.  It was his second forced fumble of the season and the seventh of his career.

• Pollard led the team with a game-high nine tackles, including eight solos.  It was the third time this season that he led the team in stops.

• Pollard now has 74 tackles on the year, which is the most in team history through eight games.  The previous high was 73 tackles by LB DeMeco Ryans through eight games in 2006.

• CB Glover Quin recovered a fumble in the second quarter, giving him two on the season and for his career.  Quin also recovered a fumble in Week 1 vs. Indianapolis (9/12).

• K Neil Rackers connected on a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, giving him 11 on the season.

• Rackers booted his second field goal of the game when he connected from 21 yards out in the second quarter.  The field goal gave him 963 points in his career, moving him past Rafael Septien and Greg Davis for 45th on the NFL’s career scoring list among kickers.

• Rackers’ 25-yard field goal in the third quarter gave him 11 points in the game and 966 for his career, moving him past Sam Baker for 44th on the all-time list.

• Rackers tied a season high with three made field goals. 

• DE Mario Williams recorded a sack in the first quarter.  That raised his season total to 6.0 and his career total to 45.5.

• Williams has now accounted for 6.0 of the Texans’ 12.0 sacks on the season (50.0 percent).


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Texans-Chargers: Halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2010 – 2:39 pm

We’re at halftime of the Texans’ Week 9 game against the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium. The Texans will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

20-14: The score, in favor of the Texans
212-172: Total yards, in favor of the Chargers
170-63: Passing yards, in favor of the Chargers
109-42: Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
15:58-14:02: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
99: Rushing yards for Texans RB Arian Foster, on 18 carries
2: Rushing TDs for Foster
1: Receiving TD by Foster called back via a controversial review
158.3: Perfect passer rating for Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who’s 1o-of-11
2: Passing TDs for Rivers
37: Team-high receiving yards for Texans TE James Casey, on two catches
1: Deflected punt by Texans LB Stanford Keglar, which set up a TD
1: Forced fumble by Texans S Bernard Pollard, which set up a TD
2: Extra points made for the Chargers by former Texans K Kris Brown


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